Board of Trustees

2018 Board of Trustees

The responsibility of the Jackson District Library Board of Trustees is to set policy and direction for the Library.



2018 Meeting Dates and Location

(Generally 4th Thursday except for holidays and Special Meetings) at the Clare H. Sergeant Auditorium, Carnegie Branch, The Meijer Branch Community Room, or in the Administration Building Conference Room.

January 11 6:00 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

January 25 6:00 P.M. Carnegie Branch Annual Meeting

January 25 6:00 P.M. Carnegie Branch Regular Meeting

March 8 6:00 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

March 22 6:00 P.M. Carnegie Branch Regular Meeting

May 10 6:00 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

May 24 6:00 P.M. Concord Branch Regular Meeting

July 12 6:00 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

July 26 6:00 P.M. Carnegie Branch Regular Meeting

September 13 6:00 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

September 27 6:00 P.M. Carnegie Branch Regular Meeting

November 15 4:30 P.M. Meijer Branch Study Session

November 15 6:00 P.M. Meijer Branch Regular Meeting

December 20 4:30 P.M. Admin. Building Study Session

December 20 6:00 P.M. Carnegie Branch Regular Meeting

President | Elli Blonde

Elli Blonde is serving her first term as President of the JDL Board of Trustees. Ms. Blonde was appointed to the JDL board in December of 2015. She has been a resident of Jackson County for the past 15 years and has been a strong community advocate in that time. She is currently the District Director for the Exchange Club of Michigan, and past president of the Exchange Club of Jackson. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Jackson College Alumni Advisory Council and is also a member of the Experience Jackson Welcoming Community Committee. Elli is the Marketing Manager for the Morale, Welfare and Recreation division of the Defense Logistics Agency Installation in Battle Creek, Michigan.

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Vice President | Beverley McGill

Beverley has lived in Jackson for 28 years. A proud mom of three, she is now a doting grandmother. Beverley received her BSW from Virginia Commonwealth University and her MA from Eastern Michigan University. Her entire career has been in the non-profit field, serving currently as the Fund Development Director at Highfields. Beverley was a co-founder of the Jackson Women’s History Council which coordinates the annual Susan B. Anthony Awards and serves on the board of the Jackson School of the Arts.

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Secretary & Treasurer | Bill Jors

Secretary/Treasurer Bill Jors

Bill Jors was appointed to the JDL Board in December 2017. He was born, raised and still resides in the City of Jackson.

Jors was a 1985 graduate of Jackson High School. In 1990 he graduated from Spring Arbor College with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Jors served as Mayor of Jackson from 2015 to 2017. Jors is currently the Vice-President of Business Development – Commercial Loan Officer at County National Bank. He has been with the bank since 2005. He also serves the community through several Jackson area charities.

Mr. Jors is currently single and has an 18 year old daughter who is presently attending Adrian College.

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Trustee | Heather Albee-Scott

Trustee Heather Albee-Scott

Mrs. Albee-Scott joined the board in December 2012, and served her term as president in 2017. Heather moved to Jackson from Logan, Utah with her husband, daughter, their three dogs and a cat in 2010. She grew up in Wisconsin and Pennsylvania in a family of avid readers who visited the local library every week. She received her degree in philosophy from Utah State University. Currently, Heather works with Jackson Public Schools and Jackson College. In 2011, she formed a group with other parents, teachers, administrators and community members to rebuild the middle school at Parkside library. Heather also serves on the Center Stage Jackson Youth Committee, the Jackson Community Foundation Legacy Committee, and is also a member of Kiwanis.

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Trustee | Jacqueline Barber


Jacqueline Barber, a life long resident of Jackson County, joined the board in September 2014. She and her husband John are parents to four children and eleven grandchildren. She has an Associates degree from Jackson College and a Bachelor Of Arts from Spring Arbor University. For Thirty-Seven years she has worked as a Children’s Program Manager at Community Action Agency, overseeing the daily operation of nine Head Start/GSRP early childhood classrooms and a food service department. Barber is also an active member and Trustee at Lily Missionary Baptist Church. During her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, tending to flower beds (during the summer months), walking, bike riding, attending and teaching aerobics, reading, and just spending time at home.

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Trustee | Shane LaPorte

President Darrell J. Durham

Shane LaPorte was also appointed to the JDL Board on December 11, 2017. He is a lifetime resident of Jackson County.

LaPorte obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Siena Heights University and possesses a Builder’s license.

LaPorte is the owner of two businesses: LaPorte’s Harvest Moon Farm and Titan Takedown youth wrestling club. He also served as a coach for 29 years at Jackson Catholic Schools: Lumen Christi and Jackson Christian Middle School.

Mr. LaPorte worked as a Police Officer for 29 years and a Senior Code Enforcement Officer 3 years.

“The library is a valuable asset in our community, the services provided play a vital role in the education process for lifelong learning,” states LaPorte and he wants to be a part of improving the library’s mission.

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Meeting Agendas



January 26, 2017 Annual Meeting

January 26, 2017

March 9, 2017

March 23, 2017

May 11, 2017

May 25, 2017

July 13, 2017

July 27, 2017

September 14, 2017

September 28, 2017

November 16, 2017

December 21, 2017

December 21, 2017


January 28, 2016 Annual Meeting

January 28, 2016 Regular Meeting

Special Meeting February 4, 2016

Special Meeting February 23, 2016

February 25, 2016 CANCELED

March 9, 2016

March 24, 2016

April 28, 2016 CANCELED

May 26, 2016

June 23, 2016 CANCELED

July 14, 2016

July 28, 2016 CANCELED

August 25, 2016

September 22, 2016 CANCELED

October 27, 2016

November 17, 2016

December 15, 2016 Budget Hearing

December 15, 2016

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Past Meeting Minutes


January 25, 2018 Annual Meeting

January 25, 2018

March 22, 2018

April 10, 2018 Special Meeting

May 24, 2018
July 26, 2018
September 27, 2018
November 15, 2018
December 20, 2018

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